Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy for Personality Disorders: An Interview with Otto Kernberg, MD
Part of the 2-video series: The Otto Kernberg Series
In this interview, Kernberg first lays out the core principle of Object Relations theory, and his concept of the “borderline personality organization,” characterized by identity diffusion, that underlies severe personality disorders. He walks viewers through the Structured Interview for Personality Organization, giving therapists the opportunity to learn a highly effective and pragmatic way to begin treatment by assessing whether patients suffer from an underlying personality disorder. Kernberg goes on to describe his detailed, manualized, psychoanalytic treatment protocol, explaining the four core treatment techniques: interpretation, transference analysis, technical neutrality, and counter-transference analysis.
Weaving in examples of his own challenging cases, such as an enraged patient who brought in scissors to session and cut up all of his plants, Kernberg serves as a guide for therapists who want support in understanding and managing the dynamics of the oftentimes difficult therapeutic relationship with severely disturbed patients. He discusses how to set limits with chronically suicidal patients, how to work with aggression and violence, how to deal with countertransference reactions, and the essentiality of collegial support.
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- Mary Lamia, PhD, Professor, The Wright Institute
"Well, that depends with whom I am. I'm different. And there's always something underneath," she said. She said, "Sometimes I feel like an onion, you know?” “What do you mean?” “You can peel it, and there's a deeper wave, the real onion comes out, and then you continue peeling and there's another onion, and at the end you have nothing." And the patient looked kind of slightly ironic and sad at the same time.
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By watching this video you will be able to:
- better understand the theoretical foundations of an object relations approach to therapy.
- learn concrete tools and techniques from the leading expert on personality disorders that you can begin utilizing with your most difficult patients immediately.